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Teaching Artist Experience

October 6, 13, 20, 2022

Williamsville East High School

Williamsville, New York

Three-week workshop teaching students how to express themselves through poetry.

October 1, 2022

Michigan Technological University

Houghton, Michigan

Conducted a poetry workshop that assisted the community in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to explore their joy through poetry.

The goal is to have each participant create one or more poems and perform them for their peers.

This is one of the 3 workshops as part of the Movement of Joy

April 2019

Sweet Home High School

Amherst, New York

5 session poetry workshops based around the movie The Hate U Give.

December 2017 – March 2018

North Park Academy After School Program

Buffalo, New York

February 2017 – June 2017

PS 197 and Say Yes Buffalo

Buffalo, New York

January 2017 – April 2017

Gloria J. Parks Community Center

Buffalo, New York

October 2010 – May 2011

Community Action Organization

Buffalo, New York

Worked in partnership with Community Action Organization to introduce students to writing and performance poetry

Provided instructions and critiques to participants to help develop style, find their voices and the confidence to present their work.

May 15, 2010

Shea’s Performing Arts Kenny Ceremony

Buffalo, New York

Worked in partnership with Shea’s Education Department and local high school English teachers to introduce students to performance poetry.

Instructed an hour long advance level poetry workshop which required participants to write and present their original work for an audience their peers based on the information that was provided.

April 2010

Lake Shore High School

Angola, New York

Collaborate with host organizations to develop and implement poetry and performance workshops for elementary, middle & high school students

Provide instruction and development in style; cultivating unique voices and enhancing self-confidence

Equip students with performance skills and tools to present original work for an audience

Give students the tools to host and manage their own final showcase

November 2006 - 2018

Sweet Home High School

Amherst, New York

Coaching/Mentoring Experience

April 2016 - Present

Pure Ink Poetry Slam Team

Coach

In 2018 at the National Poetry Slam in Chicago, IL, lead the team to their second Semifinals appearance and a 9th place finish out of 72 teams from around the world. This the highest national ranking that any team from Buffalo has ever had.

In 2017 at the National Poetry Slam in Denver, CO, lead the team to their second Semi-finals appearance and a top 50 finish out of 72 teams from around the world.

In 2016 at the National Poetry Slam in Decatur, GA, lead the team to their second Semi-finals appearance and a 9th place finish out of 72 teams from around the world.

Preparing team by holding weekly practices/workshops focusing on writing and performance while providing feedback to better improve their content and the way it is presented.

September 2014 - 2016

UB Speaks Club @ University at Buffalo

Co-Founder / Coach / Instructor

Provide critiques to small groups of writers to help develop style, voice, and presentation.

Discussed pieces individually with Poetry Slam team members to further mastery of performance.

Teaching Artist Skills

Creativity

Writing

Performance

Curating Skills

Organizing

Scheduling

Booking

Hosting

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